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HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

JAMES HOWARD

ANALYST

HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

GIAC SOLIMAN

ASSOCIATE

JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

JAMES HOWARD

GRADUATE ANALYST

MEET THE TEAM

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HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

JAMES HOWARD

GRADUATE ANALYST

HALUK UGUR
ASSOCIATE

HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN MERCER | KEPLER?

I joined Kepler after graduating with a degree in Mathematics and moved over to Mercer following their acquisition of Kepler.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO CONSULTING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

I was drawn to a career in consulting as I envisioned an opportunity to utilise my analytical prowess, expand my commercial awareness through working with a multitude of companies of varying size and sector, and work with like-minded, ambitious individuals in a fast-paced and stimulating environment.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE 'EXECUTIVE REWARD' IN PLAIN LANGUAGE?

Executive Reward is the design, implementation and study of remuneration frameworks at the executive level. Board directors on the company’s remuneration committee are tasked with setting the pay of the CEO and his/her direct reports to ensure that the framework is competitive, appropriate and fit for purpose. They must balance the need to be objective, act in the best interests of shareholders, keep abreast of evolving legislation and market guidelines, and maintain the business’s ability to attract, retain and motivate key talent.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN TERMS OF WORK AND PROJECT INVOLVEMENT?

A typical day as an Associate at Mercer | Kepler will involve managing and finding solutions to my clients’ present needs – unlike many other consulting roles, Executive Reward projects are usually more fast paced with shorter timeframes. You may be advising anywhere between 5-10 clients at any given time on a variety of workstreams, including a holistic review of a remuneration policy, drafting of a remuneration report, support with a shareholder consultation or an empirical analysis of company performance against the market.

 

No days are the same and you are constantly presented with fresh client scenarios to keep you engaged and challenged. Mercer | Kepler was founded by strategy consultants who are both financially savvy and commercially astute – they couple a passion for data analysis with supreme stakeholder management to develop market-leading solutions for our clients and they have been critical to my development.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR AND WHY?

My most interesting project to date was a complete review of the remuneration policy for a FTSE Natural Resources company. I was given tremendous exposure and responsibility in every stage of the process, including stakeholder interviews, market research, development of strawman proposals, client presentation, finalising proposals and implementation support, including support with the shareholder consultation and drafting of communication materials. Liaising with the senior management team and the Board Directors and bringing in the external market perspective to help develop the most appropriate remuneration policy for the client was an incredibly rewarding experience.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEVELOPMENT FROM WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED?

My experience since joining Mercer | Kepler as a Graduate Analyst in January 2016 has been exceptionally rewarding – not only have I fulfilled my initial ambitions, but I have benefited greatly from the unique opportunity of working directly with the most senior executives in an organisation and from being a part of an industry that is complex, constantly evolving and growing in importance.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

Mercer | Kepler is a meritocracy at its core and I am grateful for the opportunities that have contributed towards my development. My focus now is to fine tune my client management skills, continue to provide high quality advice to all my clients and support the growth of the team and its market presence.

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